The Government has received some new recommendations around the way NCEA is completed within secondary schools.
The fresh ideas have been introduced in the hope that some pressure will be reduced for students and teachers.
President of the Post-Primary Teacher's Association Jack Boyle says there is nowhere else in the world that has three years of high-pressure assessments.
He welcomes the recommendations, and suggests a system that doesn't just encourage getting credits would be better.
"You can actually focus on the learning and on creating passion and building soft skills, rather than just the aggregation of credits as the only currency," Mr Boyle says.
Level 1 is the first area to get an overhaul, with recommendations of halving the qualification to just 40 credits -20 for literacy and numeracy, and the rest for an individual project.
Other recommendations would see the end of fees for NCEA, which would improve education pathways and chances of employment.
Ideas are open for public conversation until September.